October 30, 2021 at 11:00AM

I advocate the importance of “acknowledgement” for the Stories behind the word, Sashiko. I am saying that the Sashiko introduced in English is insufficient (not Wrong, though). However, unlike the other information sources, I do believe that there is no such a thing as “Right and Wrong” in Sashiko. Everyone has a different stitching, and everyone’s Sashiko is all good. “All Different, All Good”.

It doesn’t mean that “whatever is good”, though. “No rule” is more challenging than “following someone’s rule”. We have to think by ourselves. We have to face what we can & who we are. Therefore, I share the importance of “learning Sashiko” instead of “following something for instant gratification”. The rule you know about Sashiko isn’t wrong, but not the whole picture. It is the rule someone made for them to control the market/practice easier.

For some reasons, it is much easier to communicate this, “All Different, All Good” in Japanese. Probably, in the western culture, it is quite important to “define the correct answer in dualism”. I hope I am communicating this “Japaneseness in Sashiko” over this account and Youtube Videos. In my Online Sashiko Class, one learns how to stitch like we do from the technical perspective. After they learn the core, they will reach the essence of Sashiko: There is no such a thing as Right and Wrong. When there is no right and wrong, one can learn how to stop being judgmental to themselves. We do NOT embrace imperfection as an excuse to not to get better. We just accept who we are so we can get closer to being more “perfect”.





月末の週末。これまでの長い道のりを振り返る時間を作って、また新たな一歩を踏み出してみようかなと思っていて。ずーっと動いてるから、たまの定点観測みたいなものです。「みんな違ってみんな良い」という、あるラップの曲のタイトルと刺し子の親和性みたいなのを感じて始めた「26人の麻の葉プロジェクト」。もう2年前の話なんですね。時が経つのは本当に早いです。その後、様々な企画を進めてきました。運営側の都合で(人手が足りない)、基本的に僕の運針会を受講下さった方向けにご案内をしてきました。少しずつまた運針会も、また運針会外の刺し子好きな方ともご縁を広げ深めていけたらなぁと思っています。どうしても英語での刺し子紹介を優先してしまっていますが、本質というか真髄は、やっぱり日本の皆様がしている刺し子の中に存在していると思うので。(麻の葉プロジェクトの詳細は、完成報告のブログをご参照下さい:https://sashico.com/?p=4434)

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #Asanoha #刺し子 #日本人の刺し子


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